You know I love smoothies (with beets, with cabbage, it’s all good), but sometimes I don’t feel like making them at home. Or cleaning up the mess after! Those are the times when I’d much rather stop my my local juice/smoothie bar and let them do the hard work. The problem, of course, is that most smoothie places use dairy products in their drinks so you have to be careful when ordering… Which is the beauty of Nekter Juice Bar – There are no animal products on their menu! The only milk they use is cashew milk, how perfect is that?
Their menu is separated into 3 main categories: Juices, Smoothies, and Açaí Bowls (they also offer specialty drinks/shots, and cleanse programs). We started with what I will now proclaim to be the most delicious thing on their menu, the PB Bowl: A nourishing blend of peanut butter and strawberries gives this bowl a boost of delectable flavors reminiscent of a PB&J sandwich, without the bread!
The bottom layer is basically a really thick, Açaí based smoothie made with bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, vanilla bean and cashew milk. It’s so thick, it’s almost like eating really healthy ice cream. The next later was a slightly sweet hempseed granola, topped with fresh fruit.
I’d describe it as a sundae you can eat for breakfast! The peanut butter and strawberry combo was rich without being over the top. It was a really comforting flavor, because you did sort of feel like you were eating a PB&J. I’d go back in a nanosecond for another PB Bowl!
Now, normally a person would just order a bowl OR a juice OR a smoothie, not all three… and the bowl was very filling (it really would make a meal on its own), but since I had been invited there to review the whole menu, I had to push on (tough job, right?)…
Next up was The Buzz juice: Carrot, orange, lemon and ginger:
We have a juicer at home but hardly ever use it because it’s so messy, so getting to enjoy fresh juice like this is a treat. The Buzz promises an instant buzz of energy, and I will say that citrus and ginger flavor really did perk me up! After that we made short work on the Banana Berry Burst smoothie (the purple one above), made of fresh whole berries, banana, raw vanilla beans and cashew milk. It was so thick and creamy, I loved it (although I couldn’t finish it, so it went home with me to spend the night in the fridge). Those banana berry combos are the ones I always want when I go to a smoothie shop, but they usually have yogurt or something in them, so it’s been a long time since I’ve actually had one!
In addition to their fresh products, Nekter also offers pre-packed juices, cleanses, and other snacks to round out your healthy meal:
I hadn’t noticed while I was there, but there are small single-serve dairy milk packages in their refrigerated case, but it’s okay since they’re not using it in their smoothies! They also have boxed water, apparently, and I’m not even sure what that is.
I wish I had gotten more/better shots of the store’s interior, because it was really beautiful, very light, bright and contemporary. I also have to give a shout-out to Alexa and Tiara who were working yesterday and took such good care of us!
And I have some good news- Nekter is a chain, so there might be one near you! They’re all over California, Texas, and Arizona, and they now have two locations here in Colorado as well (Greenwood Village and Boulder).
*I was provided with free product to review, but the opinions are 100% mine!